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 Thanet South
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Stephen Ladyman Labour 18,002 45.7 -0.5
Mark MacGregor Conservative 16,210 41.1 +1.3
Guy Voizey Liberal Democrat 3,706 9.4 -2.3
William Baldwin Independent 770 2.0  
Terry Eccott UK Independence 502 1.3 -0.1
Bernard Franklin National Front 242 0.6  
Majority 1,792 4.5
Turnout 39,432 64.2 -7.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.9% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Two factors may have made Thanet South an easier target than Thanet North for Labour in 1997. Firstly there is a lower proportion of pensioners here, but possible more importantly it was the seat of Jonathan Aitken, who was already facing the alleagtions which have since resulted in his being jailed for perjury.

Labour increased its share of the vote here by 18% in 1997, to take the seat, while the Lib Dem vote dropped from 18% to 11% - an indication of tactical voting.

In his maiden speech Stephen Ladyman described Thanet South as "the birthplace of the English" because the people and traditions that have ultimately become the ‘English’ are said to have originated in this corner of Kent.

This was where the Romans are believed to have landed and they built their castle at Richborough and before proceeding to move across Britain. St Augustine also arrived here, before moving to Canterbury to establish his base for the conversion of the British.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Thanet South
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Stephen Ladyman Labour 20,777 46.2
Jonathan Aitken Conservative 17,899 39.8
Barbara Hewett-Silk Liberal Democrat 5,263 11.7
C Crook UK Independence 631 1.4
David Wheatley Green 418 0.9
Majority 2,878 6.4
Turnout 44,988 71.6
 
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